Nicholas Moran, M.A., Ed.M., LMHC - The Affirmative Couch

Nicholas Moran, M.A., Ed.M., LMHC

Nicholas Moran

Name: Nicholas Moran, M.A., Ed.M., LMHC

Pronouns: they/them/theirs and fae/faer/faers

Position: Author

Identities: queer, non-binary, genderqueer, trans femme, panromantic, neurotypical, able-bodied, white American, fuller bodied, formerly poor, currently upper class, formerly unhoused, first generation college student, cancer survivor and former sex worker living on the stolen lands of the Lenape tribes

Language(s) Spoken: English

Phone: 412-465-0513
Websites: www.nicholasmoranlmhc.com
Email: nicholas.moran.lmhc@gmail.com and hello@nicholasmoranlmhc.com


Get to know me:

Hey there! I am Nicholas Moran, a queer and non-binary, genderqueer, trans femme and panromantic New York State licensed psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, educator and consultant on anti-oppression, mental health, and LGBTQIPA2S+ issues. I have had experience working with individuals, couples, and groups who are struggling with various issues, including but not limited to: trauma/abuse, gender/sexual identity, anxiety, depression, substance use, acculturation, racial identity exploration, and dismantling internalized inferiority and/or superiority.

In addition to providing therapy, coaching, and supervision services, I also regularly present on topics of gender and sexual equity for a variety of mental health agencies and corporations. I continue to teach masters students in mental health counseling at both Teachers College, Columbia University and New York University. In my free time, I’m likely spending time with my tuxedo kitties, Apollo and Orion.

What does affirmative psychotherapy mean to me?

Providing affirmative psychotherapy is an ongoing process of self-exploration regarding the various ways in which one’s socialization intersects with one’s engagement with other folx in the world. I believe that affirmative psychotherapy must be rooted in an empowerment, resiliency, and trauma & informed consent model.

Approaching my work as an affirmative psychotherapist comes from the privilege of working in and amongst diverse client populations, which has reframed my approach to therapy in order to ensure that it is more adaptable, accessible, and demystified. Therapy for too long has been a space that perpetuates the harmful ideologies in psychology that are rooted in whiteness, capitalism, and dehumanization. Therefore, affirmative psychotherapy requires that we interrogate these systems both within and outside ourselves as well as their intersections with our mental health conditions.

What populations do I work with? What is my level of expertise (friendly, knowledgeable, expert) for each of those populations?

I provide individual, relationship, and group therapeutic services. I work predominantly with gender expansive (TGNC) and queer (LGBTQIPA2S+) clients. I often work with fuller bodied people, disabled folx, CNM/ENM/Poly folx, immigrants, and BIPOC clients. I have an affinity for working with creatives, sex workers, and folx who have had adverse previous psychotherapeutic experience. I work with folks who explore their identity, aspects of sexuality (i.e. kink and BDSM), and folx with trauma history. I also have experience providing clinical documentation in support for gender affirming care for transgender and gender expansive individuals.

What is my approach to healing?

I work collaboratively with my clients through a modality of healing that (re)claims their authentic self through a process of creativity, playfulness, compassion, somatic/imagination exercises, and critical reflection. Honesty, transparency, and authenticity are important traits I bring into our therapeutic space by means of self-disclosure. Healing is something that I feel requires accountability to the client’s goals.

I draw upon queer, intersectional feminist, humanistic, multicultural, trauma-informed, decolonized, sex/body positive, and anti-oppressive theories to foster an equitable, inclusive, and collaborative relationship. My approach infuses fierce self-compassion to promote embodied liberation for all my clients.
What issues am I most skilled at addressing as a mental health professional?

I have had experience working with individuals, partners, and facilitating group therapy for those who are struggling with various issues, including but not limited to: trauma/abuse, gender/sexual identity, anxiety, depression, substance use, acculturation, (dis)abilities, chronic illness, racial identity exploration, dismantling internalized inferiority and/or superiority, exploring sexuality/kinks, and considerations of consensual/ethical non-monogamy or polyamory.

Training Experience
I also regularly seek and provide advanced training related to gender affirming care and affirming care to sexual minority folks. I continue to attend anti-oppressive and anti-racist trainings and accountability groups in effort to decolonize my therapeutic practice. I provide and engage in my own clinical supervision related to gender and sexuality affirming care, anti-oppressive psychotherapeutic practice, trauma-informed care, and working with couples who are non-monogamous.

EDUCATION & LICENSES

Education:
Ed.M. in Mental Health Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University
M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University
B.A. in Psychology

Years in Practice:
Post-Masters mental health counselor in NY since 2017

School:
Teachers College, Columbia University, Masters degrees
Point Park University, Bachelor’s degree
Year Graduated: Ed.M. (2017), M.A. (2017) and B.A. (2015)
License # and State: LMHC in New York (#010277)

OFFICE INFORMATION

Location: Currently Telehealth – in process of transitioning to office space in November 2021

Accessibility: Accessible side entrance with large elevator at newly constructed office space (coming November 2021)

Gender Neutral Restrooms: Yes (single stall)

FINANCES

Fee Range: $185/individual session, $200/partners session (+$50 per additional partner), & $75/group session. (reparations pricing and consensual sliding scale spots available)*

*Reduced rates for seeing Advanced Clinical Interns

Evaluations for Letters of Support for Gender Affirming Medical Care – Pay what you can pricing model (5 spots available per month)

Accepted Payment Methods: Any major credit/debit card, FSA, HSA, Paypal, Venmo, & CashApp

Accepted Insurance Plans: Any insurance plan with out-of-network benefits